One of the most annoying aspects of Windows de-installations is the amount of drivers that are left behind. Just simply delete these files? Big mistake! It’s very important to remove your drivers on a proper way, because driver leftovers can cause problems like stability and startup problems.
Driver Sweeper is a free and portable Driver Remover tool to remove drivers that are left overs from softwares that have been uninstalled. You can use Driver Sweeper if you want to update/remove drivers from your system. It scans your system for programs installed and ensures that it only removes those that are superfluous to further use. Other than cleaning your hard drive, it can also prevent stability and startup problems.
The current supported drivers by Driver Sweeper are NVIDIA (Display and Chipset), ATI (Display), Creative (Sound) Realtek (Sound), Ageia (PhysX) and Microsoft (Mouse). All the settings are saved in an ini file and nothing is created in the registry, so it’s possible to use it as a portable program.
How to use Driver Sweeper?
There are two methods to use Driver Sweeper.Both methods achieve the same results. This method is always able to clean all files.This method will delete remaining files upon reboot (if deleting failed).
You can clean your drivers this way:
Use the official uninstaller(s) of the driver(s) you want to uninstall.
Reboot your PC in Safe Mode.
Run Driver Sweeper and select what to clean.
Analyse lists all the entries possible to remove, cleaning removes the entries selected.
More drivers can be selected for the same cleaning process.